MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#41 of 48) – The Deer Hunter (1978) – Encore Review

January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #41 of the 48.

Let’s continue with… 

Initial Viewing Memories – I saw this on cable in the 80’s and was amazed at the way that they show the effects of war on these characters in such a straightforward and profound way.  It is so powerful throughout and its message resonates so much throughout no matter how often one watches this film.

“I’m thinking about the deer. Going to ‘Nam. I like the trees, you know? I like the way that the trees are on mountains, all the different… the way the trees are.” – Nick

Number of Times Seen – at least 3 times (cable in the 80’s, 4 Jun 2013 and 26 Jan 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A group of friends preparing for their enlistment to fight in Vietnam experience the changes in their lives both before, during and after their involvement n the war.

My Take on it – Extremely powerful film that remains among the very best of its kind even after made. The film is quite long and that allows for it to be really comprehensive in the way that it describes the lives of these characters during the 3 time periods depicted; before the war, during it and the after effects of it. The cast is superb with Robert DeNiro, John Savage, John Cazale, Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken all giving really powerful and poignant performances.  This was one of the very first films to show the effect of war on returning Vietnam Veterans and how they were affected by their experiences during the war and it is done in a very poignant way that remains so powerful even after so many years. This film was quite deserving of its 5 Oscars (out of 9) that include wins for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor , Film Editing and Sound.  The run time of 3 hours feels perfect to help describe all of the various effects, both physical and mental that occur on the individual level, on the communal level and also resonate on the national level following such a divisive war. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Co-writer and director Michael Cimino convinced Christopher Walken to spit in Robert De Niro’s face. When Walken actually did it, De Niro was completely shocked, as evidenced by his reaction. In fact, De Niro was so furious about it, he nearly left the set. Cimino later said of Walken, “He’s got courage!” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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One thought on “MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#41 of 48) – The Deer Hunter (1978) – Encore Review

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